Since 1963, the Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics has been one of the most important international conferences in astronomy and physics. Traditionally, it moves around the globe and takes place in different cities every two years. The year 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the Texas symposium series (see Trimble 2011 for the history), and the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the Kerr solution and of the identification of quasars.
The 32nd Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics will take place in Shanghai, China, from December 11 to 15, 2023. It will be hosted by Tsung-Dao Lee Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Shanghai, situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China. It is also a popular destination for travelers seeking to experience the country's dynamic development. In addition to its modernization, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique charm. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwine, making any visit to Shanghai a memorable experience.
Tsung-Dao Lee Institute (TDLI), initiated by Tsung-Dao Lee, a prominent Chinese-American physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics, was established in 2016 with strong support from various Chinese government agencies. The goal of TDLI is to develop into a top-level physics-astronomy research institute in the world, and to boost research and develop talents in basic sciences in China. Professor Frank Wilczek was the founding director, and Professor Jie Zhang is the current director.
The symposium will cover all major topics on high-energy and particle astrophysics, cosmology and relativity. It will include morning plenary sessions and afternoon parallel sessions which will function as mini-symposia in each sub-field. The plenary sessions will consist of 30-45 min review talks. The afternoon sessions will feature oral talks (about 20-30 min) and poster contributions.
We look forward to welcoming hundreds of international astronomers and physicists to Shanghai in December 2023!
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